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Abstract Draft: This study investigates the geographic and socio-economic trends accounting for the growth of IB schools in India. The majority of IB schools are clustered in certain states of the country. The study investigates the reasons for the popularity of the IB in certain states, such as Maharashtra, and highlights the issues that educational institutions confront when planning and implementing IB programmes in India. The reasons for the popularity of the Diploma Programme and the growing popularity of the Primary Years Programme are examined. There is a special focus on the challenges faced by schools wanting to implement the Middle Years Programme. Qualitative data is presented regarding reasons for the implementation, or non-implementation, of the MYP. The anticipation of the Next Chapter of the MYP is examined and its likely impact within India is described for schools, educators, and parents. Lastly, the 2009 Right to Education Act (RTE) is examined, considering its impact on international education in India.

Purpose of this Presentation

Overview of the growth of IB in India

Comparing popularity of IBDP, PYP, and MYP

Challenges faced by MYP schools in India

Outlook for long-term growth of IB in India


Feasibility study

Rationale for choosing MYP

How we explain the choice of MYP to parents

Possibility of future schools

Why are IB programmes so popular in India?

Background In India, ○ International Education ○ Student-centred Education ○ Holistic Education came before, and are bigger than, the IBO

International Education

University College, London

Trinity College, Cambridge

Columbia University, New York

"Useful Education" "The native population must study useful subjects, such as Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and Anatomy." Ram Mohan Roy -- 1832

SWOT Analysis: IB in India STRENGTHS:



Wider Acceptance of MYP

6 clusters

Better Alignment


Inclusive, 425 million


RTE – legislation AP/Cambridge Capstone? Perceived as elite Teacher issues

IB Authorized Schools in India by State

Per capita GDP (2011) given in Indian Rupees (INR)

SWOT Analysis: IB in India STRENGTHS:



Wider Acceptance of MYP

6 clusters

Better Alignment Inclusive, 425 million


RTE – legislation AP/Cambridge Capstone? Perceived as elite Teacher issues

Six Clusters: Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi NCR, Chennai ● ● ● ●

Relatively affluent Urban Globally Connected IT or Commercial Marine Drive in Mumbai photo credit: Sraghunareddy

Case Study: Mumbai 25+ Authorized IB Schools ○ ○ ○ ○

23 million people Regional variation South Mumbai Parental awareness

One parent's comment: “I want this because of the education, not so I can say my child goes to an IB School.”

Trend or Involvement?

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Exhibition Student Led Conference Three Way Conferences Projects

photo credit: Ms.Manju Rajesh Oaktree International School


Growing rapidly Enthusiastic teachers: 400 attended job-alike in Mumbai Excellent leadership and policies Rapidly improving communication with the IBO

SWOT Analysis: IB in India STRENGTHS:



Wider Acceptance of MYP

5 clusters

Better Alignment


Inclusive, 425 million THREATS:

WEAKNESSES: MYP Teacher training

RTE – legislation AP/Cambridge Capstone? Perceived as elite Teacher issues

Recognition of MYP

Case Study: Inclusive Education Inclusive Education is not only the right thing to do . . . . . . in India, it's the law

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Parents flying their children to London or San Francisco for testing and counseling

Learning differences: the tip of the iceberg??

One Principal's comment: "We had to limit the special education students in our school to 10% – otherwise the school would have filled up with children with learning differences – we've got a waiting list of 40 families."

Van Gogh: Sorrow

Better Alignment: example IBDP: Mathematics Exploration is personal MYP students are better prepared Changes in Diploma to be aligned with MYP & PYP

For the Exploration IA, students choose a personal example from the world of Mathematics, be it fractals, or mathematical modeling of microorganisms, etc. Photo credit:

Interview with Captain Raj Mohindra MYP is an excellent choice for Edubridge International School Schools need to decide: either IB or Cambridge – go with one system Recognition of MYP will hurt IGCSE in India Prospect for growth of IB is good -particularly in good areas Founder Director of Mahindra UWC and consultant to many international schools in India

One critical question:

Which will better prepare students for the IB Diploma . . . . . . . . MYP or IGCSE?? We think: MYP, if the teachers are good!

Short break: Learning or Question Please introduce yourself to the person on the right and/or the person on your left. In groups of 2 or 3, ask each other: What is ONE IMPORTANT LEARNING I will take from this session? OR: Ask ONE BURNING QUESTION I have about this topic.

Auguste Rodin's 'The Thinker'

Is the MYP a better preparatory course than the IGCSE? Dissertation papers written by Dr. Tristian Stobie (2005) and Iain Sachdev (2011) IBO's press release in Feb 2013: "MYP students in the UK have more civic mindedness and cultural awareness"

Focus on MYP:

including the issues around choosing the MYP or the IGCSE

"The MYP is the most challenging of the the IBO's programmes" ~ ____

Eight subjects, or six, or seven?

IB / MYP Survey Data ●

Sent survey to all IB schools in India

35 responses

Interviewed MYP Coordinators and HODs at 4 MYP authorized schools in India

thanks to TAISI and SAIBSA

Qualitative Data from Interviews of MYP Pedagogical Leaders Summary of common challenges: ● Teacher training (PD workshops within India) for MYP ● Not enough proximity / communication between other schools ● Language policy (Indians are polyglots) ● Initial Costs and lot of paperwork for Authorization Special thanks to everyone at Victorious Kidss Educarez (Pune), RBK International Academy (Mumbai), Kodaikannal International School (Kodaikannal) and Stonehill International School (Bangalore)

Two International School Systems

Two International School Systems

Why do most International Schools in India go from PYP to IGCSE to IBDP? MYP is not clearly understood MYP has only been recognized recently MYP requires good teachers and good teacher training MYP requires writing the curriculum MYP is more expensive than IGCSE

"You're wrong!" one reason only "if it costs ÂŁ20 000 to implement the IGCSE, then it costs ÂŁ80 000 to implement the MYP" Library, science labs, teacher training, etc.

Rraman Siingh

What are the main challenges for schools implementing the MYP in India? 1. Recognition 2. Understanding MYP 3. The Curriculum 4. Assessment 5. Teacher Issues credit: Erich Blocher, QAIS, Qingdao

Understanding the MYP Many administrators, teachers, parents, etc. do not understand theory behind MYP. Solution: study groups to read and discuss important texts like Understanding by Design by McTighe & Wiggins, or Stirring the Heart, Mind and Soul by H. Lynn Ericson Wikimedia user: Webber

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Big Ideas -- Concepts Explicitly teach 21st Century Skills Transfer: Skills across subjects Assessment: Formative, Varied, Positive, and Authentic Reflective: Learning how to learn Chapter 7: An Implementation Framework to Support 21st Century Skills by Jay McTighe and Elliott Seif

Assessment Learning theory:

Parents say:

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Formative Varied Positive Authentic

Consistent ○ across subjects ○ across teachers

MYP Curriculum "A comprehensive, coherent, written curriculum, based on the requirements of the programme and developed by the school, is available to all sections of the school community."

Writing the Curriculum is Difficult Solutions: 1. Teacher retention 2. More collaborative time 3. Curriculum Writing Workshop

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discuss big questions, like: what is a school? write curriculum write policies

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats for the IB in India can be summed up in one word:


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Teacher Training Teacher Salaries Teacher Retention Photo credit: Amy Snider Teacher Autonomy Teachers who understand studentcentered education Quality of Life for Teachers


Is it a threat?

Is it clear? ○ Youngest age ○ Work with BOE officer ○ Clear notices ○ Document everything ○ One year at a time

Good intentions

What is a threat? Unforeseen legislation? Elitist label?

Image Credit: EduTalkIndia

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IB Programs in India: One School's journey towards choosing and implementing the MYP.